LONDON—Hill & Knowlton has named Elaine Cruikshanks as chair of the worldwide public affairs practice. In addition, she joins the firm’s worldwide executive committee, reporting to chairman and CEO Paul Taaffe.
Cruikshanks has been chief executive officer of the Belgian office of Hill & Knowlton since August 1994, and has developed Hill & Knowlton’s operation there into the largest public affairs business in Brussels. She was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Hill & Knowlton’s continental Western European region covering France, Germany and Benelux in 2001, and will continue to lead these operations.
According to Taaffe, “In addition to her public affairs acumen, Elaine has been instrumental in aligning public relations with public affairs, a real differentiator for Hill & Knowlton. PA is crucial to Hill & Knowlton and Elaine will be responsible for connecting our clients to key influencers and decision-makers, particularly as it relates to driving change and achieving measurable results for our clients.”